Doug Barron and Scott Parel posted very different looking scorecards but nonetheless shot matching 7-under par 64s Friday to share the lead through one round at the PGA Tour Champions Chubb Classic in Naples, Fla.
Barron played a flawless 18 holes at The Classics at Lely Resort, posting five birdies, an eagle and a dozen pars en route to his 64. Parel posted eight birdies, one bogey and nine pars. Though the two men broke par on 14 holes between them, the par-3 fourth and par-5 17th were the only holes they both birdied.
Parel birdied the par-5 11th while Barron made an eagle 3 on the hole.
"I played really good," Barron, 50, said, per the Naples Daily News. "I drove it great today. And I didn't do anything special. I missed a couple short putts, as a matter of fact. I made two good pars all day, but I hit it really nice. I didn't really have to struggle for pars. I had a lot of good looks all day, so it was an easy 7 under if there's such a thing."
As for the 54-year-old Parel, although he posted eight birdies, it was the bogey on the par-4 seventh that had him talking after his round.
"I lost the ball in a palm tree," he said. "Hit a good tee shot, hit it in front, and chipped in for a 5, so that was a huge momentum. Even though it was a bogey, it could be six or seven easily. And I wasn't that concerned."
Four golfers sit one shot back of the co-leaders: Americans Fred Funk, Ken Tanigawa, Australian Stephen Leaney and German Bernhard Langer.
Starting on the back nine, Langer opened the day looking poised to shoot a number well in the red. After making par on the par-4 10th, Langer birdied Nos. 11, 12, 13 and 15. A bogey at the par-3 16th only served as a minor hiccup as Langer birdied No. 17 to make his turn at 4 under. He immediately collected his sixth birdie in nine holes on No. 1, but the man who lost this tournament last season in a playoff cooled off and posted seven straight pars. He birdied the par-4 ninth hole to finish at 6 under.
Langer, 62, is a three-time winner of the event.
Americans Mark Brooks, Tim Petrovic, John Huston, Brandt Jobe and Woody Austin are all another stroke back at 5-under 66. Defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain had two birdies and bogey en route to a 1-under 70.
--Field Level Media